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Woman At The Well

Let's see how many revelations we can get out of the story of the woman at the well. There are many profound ones there. Wanna start?

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oops 6 husbands
---Carla5754 on 2/15/07

Corrected *The story tells of a woman that had been messing with *(6) men in total none of which was her husband, but had gone undetected, she was busted at the well a fugitive but ready to repent faced with the truth, which is what she found waiting to redeem her soul back to God. (A harvest ripe and ready to be harvested) she was saved spread the word her village was saved and she repented. There was no question of returning to sin......
---Carla5754 on 2/15/07

A woman that had been messing with 7 men in total none of which was her husband, she had gone undetected and was busted at the well. a fugitive on the run yet ready to repent faced with the truth, which is what she met waiting, to redeem her soul back to God. (A harvest ripe and ready to be collected) she was saved spread her word of truth and her village was saved because of her testimony. She repented and there was no question of returning to sin. There's always forgiveness for all but one sin.
---Carla5754 on 2/15/07

Hi...I'm sorry that I don't have a profound revelation for you...just...

I've got some water for you. Drink from my cup. Have a drink from my well. Then let me taste your water. Let me drink your Living Water. Let me never thirst again. Here, I know you are thirsty. I have some water for you. Come to my well.

---Reiter on 11/15/06

The Story of Jesus and the Woman at the well tells me that Jesus forgives, even if you've been married before and so that a divorce person does not have to feel guilty about a divorce - especially if it wasn't of their choosing. He shows mercy instead.
---grace3869 on 11/5/06

To come to a church service and leave more burdened than when you showed up is a result of self-righteous people placing burdens on the shoulder rather than lightening them. That makes those people two fold the child of hell than themselves.
---Linda6563 on 10/14/06

What is so awesome about this woman's encounter with Jesus is that she had been carrying a empty jug to the well day after day and leaving with a much heavier burden (a full jug) when she left. She got to lay down her waterpot, which represents all of her toil and labor to quench her thirst, and be made a well herself to water her people.
---Linda6563 on 10/14/06

Donna, did my note not even appear? If Jesus called the Pharisees "generations of vipers" and money changers "thieves", why would he mince words with a prostitute? Note the scripture as you quoted says "had" 5 husbands, not have. (see reply below). And, mid day was not the time for the wealthy but the time for the poor to go to the well, not just the unclean.
---mikefl on 10/1/06

We could call her Elizebeth Taylor.
---Elder on 9/26/06

To answer the question which was asked as to what kind of woman would be married five times and living with another man. That woman would be just the kind of person who Jesus would use to spread the Gospel to the world. I know. I'm one of those people he brought out of the gutter and is using today regardless of my past. Praise God for His forgiving power.
---Susie on 9/26/06

AlwaysOn I have never heard it said before that Mary Magdalene had been divorced. Is this based on scripture or from some other book? I have never found anything in scripture that even hints that she might have been a prostitute but it is amazing how often this 'fact' is mentioned in sermons as a way of showing just how much Jesus had forgiven her. I think that many assume that she was the woman taken in adultery (when Jesus said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.")
---M.P. on 9/24/06

Mac, you bring up a great point about assumptions, including Mary Magdalene. I've read she was labeled a prostitute because her husband divorced her &, unable to remarry & with no income (women generally didn't have careers), she could only live with the next man she settled down with. Women weren't always prostitutes by choice, but were labeled as a result of difficult traditions. What else could an abandoned woman do? Sleeping with even one man you weren't married to was labled prostitution.
---AlwaysOn on 9/22/06

MikeFL, thanks for sharing your resources.

Donna, was it common to refer to a prostitute's johns as "husbands"?
---AlwaysOn on 9/22/06

Apologies everyone who wonders what planet I've just come in from!! I wrote that when I was suffering the most dreadful migraine and should have been in bed instead of on the computer. I wasn't thinking straight and complely forgot about the one that 'was not her husband'. Mod and Donna, you are absolutely right. I stick by what I said about Mary Magdalene though.
---Mac on 9/22/06

The woman may not have been a prostitute (a person who charges for flavors) but certainly she was a "fallen woman" to the locals. When visiting a desert village where the women carry water in jugs on their heads you will see the village women do this in the morning and evening. And the women that come to the well in midday are always prostitutes in actuality or they work in houses of prostitution. Respectable families would never allow their women to go to the well at midday.
---mima on 9/22/06

Mac, when a woman has 5 husbands and the one she's living with isn't her husband, what do you call her? Jesus was a gentleman and wouldn't call her that, but geezy wheezy FIVE husbands and a sixth she was living with? Come on, you know what kind of woman that

Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband:
---Donna9759 on 9/22/06

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Mike I have often wondered why many assume that this woman was a harlot. When harlots/prostitutes are mentioned in the bible there must be good reason why the words are put there. This woman is not referred to in this way, it is just assumption. In the same way many say that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute but that is not scriptural either. We are told not to add to the Word of God.
---Mac on 9/22/06

Alwayson, thanks but the insight was actually from Bishop K.C.Pillai author of "Orientalisms of the Bible" & "Light through an Eastern Window". They provide great insight into culture and life in N.T. times. Good reading if you can find them. Info on "coals of fire", money in fish's mouth, virgin's coins, etc.
---mikefl on 9/21/06

By the way, it's not the story of the woman at the well, it's the story of Jesus at the well. WHY? Because God was there first.
We are so man centered in our thinking that we don't see God was there first. I love all of you very much. This story is the most awesome story and one of my favorites in the bible.
---Donna9759 on 9/21/06

Great reply, Mike!
---AlwaysOn on 9/21/06

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Another take on this woman. Check your eastern customs. A woman at the well in day would not be a prostitute. An unclean woman would not have council with the men of the city. Jesus's words can be taken to mean her previous husbands died and she is engaged to the new man. She also is aware of scripture. Besides is there more than mere assumption she is less than a respectable woman?
---mikefl on 9/20/06

When I heard this, tears came to my eyes:

Jesus didn't see her for the harlot that she was, He saw her as the Bride of Christ, what she was to become. Isn't that awesome?
---Donna9759 on 9/20/06

I agree she was the first evangelist. But I do not find a listing of her qualifications educational, denominational, or ecumenical. This is a great question by the way. Also this woman was offered everlasting water(salvation) before her sins were mentioned to her. Her story answers for ever whether or not a person can be acceptable to Christ after divorce.
---mima on 9/20/06

greetings,jesus offered nalda and thereafter the later croud of samaritans at jacobs well the water of life.that a man in jew clothing who spoke with a galilean accent was so willing to offer a hated enemy of the jews the same offer as any man regardless of heritage or gender the eternal water of life.then finding it her duty to go and tell others was her first mission.she became a daughter of the "Most High" and even this without baptism.
---earl on 9/20/06

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The spring of everlasting life is within the believer, and we carry it with us.
---Ryan on 9/20/06

Jesus loved women and considered them of value, unlike many...
---christina on 9/20/06

If I am not mistaken, she was not a Jew, but Samaritan, and they were not well liked by the Jews.
---Madison1101 on 9/20/06

By my reconing John the Baptist was the first evangelist. That would make her the first female evangelist.
"Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world"
---Pharisee on 9/20/06

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Jesus ignored social and culteral normalcy to bring people to faith.
Well respected men simply didn't have long conversations with women they just met. A husband and wife would not carry on in public as we do today, and these customs were to preserve the image of chastity.
Thus the disciples marveled John 4:27
---Pharisee on 9/20/06

She was the 1st Evangelist!
---kathr4453 on 9/20/06

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